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Old 20.04.2011, 12:06
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Best Country for Expats?

I just came across an interesting article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...sh-expats.html NB not the DM's research ) about the best countries to live in for UK expats. Having been in Zurich for over half a year now, and loving it I might add, I was expecting to see Switzerland on the list. Especially with all the people on here saying how much they love it and the sheer number of people who moved here.

Is Switzerland really as good as I think, or am I still in the honeymoon period? I know being a student is a bit different, but I really could see myself living here permanently. I was just interested to know if people have any reasons why Switzerland wasn't mentioned, or what all the other countries do better.

1. Canada
2. New Zealand
3. Australia
4. France
5. South Africa
6. Portugal
7. Spain
8. U.S.
9. United Arab Emirates
10. Singapore
11. Hong Kong
12. China
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Old 20.04.2011, 12:08
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

One mo... just off to get the popcorn...
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Is Switzerland really as good as I think, or am I still in the honeymoon period? I know being a student is a bit different, but I really could see myself living here permanently. I was just interested to know if people have any reasons why Switzerland wasn't mentioned, or what all the other countries do better.
Could it simply be because it is a smaller country and therefore, has relatively lower expat inflows?

Or are we looking for a more damning and inflammatory rant than that?
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

Very simple: no maple syrup in Switzerland
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Old 20.04.2011, 12:24
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

Totally guessed the first 3, in that order.

France really surprised me though, I figured some of the Oriental countries would be higher up.
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Old 20.04.2011, 12:33
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

Surely these are just the results of the countries the people have chosen to emigrate to and not necessarily the best. How can these people say they are the best if they have never emigrated to the other countries

And of course you think Switzerland is great if you happen to come from St. Helens
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And of course you think Switzerland is great if you happen to come from St. Helens
That's a bit below the belt. It can't be that bad, every time I go back I hear more and more scouse accents . Just so you know, I have lived elsewhere, it would hardly be fair to compare St Helens to Zurich...Zurich doesn't even have a decent rugby team or a Greggs!


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I'd take this with a huge pinch of salt.
And there was me thinking this was an official list from the Foreign Office offering advice for wantaway Brits .

I'm also a bit confused with France being so high, maybe these are just the ones who wanted out but were too lazy to go very far
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

First 3 countries in the list might be included because of the language. But what does France do on the 4th place? (maybe just because its geographically close to GB)..
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

Re. France: as well as "cheap booze" and "it's close" you've also got good food, great scenery, cheap housing (compared with the UK), loads of space and skiing (10% of the kids in Chamonix's schools are english & their parents are not "expats", i.e. spoilt silly by their employers). I've often thought that the oft-touted mutual hatred of british & french is overblown. When the two actually live next door to each other, it usually works out pretty well.
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

Most random list ever. Is it based on what exactly??? What about Holland, Ireland and a few others?

China??? Portugal???
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Very simple: no maple syrup in Switzerland
Except in Migros and Coop...
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These surveys don't tell you much. A poll of less than 1,500 people isn't representative for a global view and my guess is Switzerland wasn't even on the list of countries surveyed. Seems like they polled expats in just the 12 countries ranked in their "league table". It always pays to check the criteria. I'd take this with a huge pinch of salt.
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I suspect it's because those of us who have chosen to settle in Switzerland don't tend to take part in surveys about it, as we don't want to be swamped by gobby nouveau-riche industrialists from Solihull, Wilmslow and the Wirral.
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Re: Best Country for Expats?

Let's see: Best Country for UK Expats:

First three countries are:

1. English-speaking
2. Are (or were) part of the common wealth and therefore easy to get a permit.

What I found interesting was France. Why France? Isn't that about as opposite a Brit as one can get?
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Why France?
Cheap booze.
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Let's see: Best Country for UK Expats:

First three countries are:

1. English-speaking
2. Are (or were) part of the common wealth and therefore easy to get a permit.

What I found interesting was France. Why France? Isn't that about as opposite a Brit as one can get?
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Let's see: Best Country for UK Expats

What I found interesting was France. Why France? Isn't that about as opposite a Brit as one can get?
It's next door!
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It's next door!
But surely a Brit must go mad among the French; isolated, misunderstood and very thirsty.
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But surely a Brit must go mad among the French; isolated, misunderstood and very thirsty.
An Englishman is never misunderstood.

It is the foreigners who are incomprehensible.
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